Snacking is a perfectly healthy habit! The Academy on Nutrition and Dietetics suggests three meals and two snacks a day for most adults. Just make sure you're consuming balanced mini-meals instead of grabbing for chips or candy.
On Monday, November 11, Himmelfarb Library’s Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb initiative welcomed Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom back to the library for a session on healthy snacking. Check out these ideas to include vital nutrients and energy between meals.
Quick 'n Easy Hummus
1 15oz can no salt added garbonzo beans
2oz fresh jalapeno pepper, sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
In a blender or food processor, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add water or reserved bean liquid, if wanted, to reach desired consistency.
Hot and Spicy Popcorn
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Method: Pop the popcorn using a microwave, air popper, or stove. Transfer to a clean brown paper bag. Add the seasonings and shake vigorously.
2-3 tablespoons almond butter
2-3 tablespoons of granola
Raisins, chocolate chips, or other toppings of choice
Wash and core the apple. Carefully slice 1/2 inch rounds. Spread half of the pieces with 1 tablespoon of almond butter, 1 tablespoon of granola, and any desired toppings. Sandwich the pieces together, and enjoy!